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An Ubiased Review of Monat

After my review of Rodan + Fields last month, I polled my readers and asked which company they would like me to review next. Monat won by a landslide. To be quite honest, I had never even heard of Monat. I had no idea what the company was or what they sold. This truly has allowed me to write an unbiased review of Monat. I actually had to figure out what Monat sold. Was it replacement shakes, like most of my reviews? Was it skincare? Neither – it’s haircare. I read about the company’s history and their culture and I like that they’re a family owned business. I don’t like that I’ve emailed the company numerous times asking for clarification of ingredients and have received no response. My immediate concerns were seeing fragrance on the ingredient list numerous times, as well as ingredients made with polyethylene glycol (PEGs). I also…

Paleo Black Forest Cake

This paleo black forest cake would be really excellent for like, a murder themed dinner party. Or a murder mystery party. Or a gory themed Valentine’s Day dinner. I mean, look at it. It’s dramatic and kind of looks like it’s dripping blood. Delicious, right? Seriously though, it’s really good. And it’s really easy to make. Trust me, I’m horrible at baking. So here’s how I did it – I bought boxed cake mix. Never heard of a paleo boxed cake mix? Now you have: Enter Simple Mills. Simple Mills is my new favorite company. This post isn’t sponsored by them, I just love them that much. While their products are sold at Whole Foods, it’s a lot cheaper to buy them at Thrive Market. Thrive Market is basically an online organic, gluten-free and paleo grocery store that sells products for WAY cheaper. By clicking on this link, you can…

Paleo Carrot Cake

I am a terrible baker. I hate following directions and much prefer to do my own thing. Which is why I’m so in love with Simple Mills, a company that makes high quality, paleo, gluten-free baking mixes. This post isn’t sponsored by them, I just honestly love their stuff. Which is how I easily and quickly made this paleo carrot cake. Simple Mills is sold at a ton of grocers these days, mainly Whole Foods. Except, Whole Foods ain’t nicknamed Whole Paycheck for nothing. It’s expensive. Which is why I prefer to order Simple Mills products from Thrive Market. Again, not sponsored. I just like Simple Mills and I like Thrive Market! You can actually get 20% off your first three orders at Thrive Market by clicking here. 20%! That’s a lot! Think of how much paleo carrot cake you can make! So I used two boxes of Simple Mills…

Why You Need Folate During Pregnancy, NOT Folic Acid

Most people use the terms folate and folic acid interchangeably, and doctors do this regularly. There is a simple, concise and important difference though: folate is that naturally occurring form that is found in food and easily absorbable. Folic acid is made in a lab, difficult for the body to utilize and has been linked to cancer. This is why you need folate during pregnancy, NOT folic acid. Hell, this is why you need folate all the time. Folate is crucial during pregnancy and I recommend taking it prior to even becoming pregnant. If you even suspect you may become pregnant, get yourself a good prental with folate, not folic acid. This is my favorite prenatal. It’s food based, easily absorbable and organic. Or if you prefer a once a day prenatal, Garden of Life makes this as well, another favorite: Folate is so important during pregnancy because it…

Fried Calamari (Gluten-Free, Paleo, Healthy)

Ya’ll. I love calamari. I especially love it when it’s breaded and fried. I do not, however, enjoy the deterioration of my stomach lining after eating calamari covered in wheat and fried in rancid vegetable oil. Which is why I can never order it at restaurants. But it’s super easy to make fried calamari that’s gluten-free, paleo, healthy and just as good (if not better) than any restaurant version. Also – it’s like, really cheap. I bought about a quarter pound for under four dollars at Whole Foods. I made a lunch out of it for Scott and I and it was SUPER filling. Have you ever even thought to make your own calamari? I hadn’t, until I saw it at the fish counter. How hard can it be? I thought. Not hard at all. Seriously. Stop buying calamari at restaurants. It’s way overpriced and seriously – the wheat +…

An Unbiased Review of Rodan + Fields

I title all of my review unbiased for one reason: I do not sell the products I review. I do not gain anything if you buy the products. I’m not bashing a company. I’m simply reviewing the products. This is not personal. This is education. People need to know what’s in the products they put on their skin twice a day, every day. Before anyone accuses me of what I’ll inevitably be accused of, let me beat you to it: Yes, I have my own skincare line. Yes, technically I would be considered a “competitor.” In all of the unbiased reviews I’ve done, I’ve always been accused of doing them because I work for a competing company. Hence, this is the first review I’ve ever done in which that accusation has any truth to it. Realistically, the people who buy my organic, non-toxic products are not the same customers buying…

BAHAMAS VACA: Harbour Island

Scott and I decided to take the baby to the Bahamas, to Harbour Island – where we honeymooned three and a half years ago. I LOVE seeing pictures of other peoples’ vacations. Probably because I’m so nosy. But I thought I’d share some from our vacation as well. It was the most beautiful place we’d ever been (and Scott’s been alllll over the world). And also I really needed to escape winter – winter anxiety is a real thing! I need sun! I want to go outside! I have to connect with nature! We were so excited to fly south. The flights were pretty easy and Everett did well on both. Be sure to check out my traveling tips with a baby HERE. They make a world of difference. It was gorgeous when we arrived. Obviously: But it was windy! Even though it was in the 70s, it was so…

Asian Stir Fry Veggies (Paleo, Low-Carb)

You guys. Let’s talk about the importance of veggies. They really should be at every meal, taking up about half of your plate. I’ve found that people have this idea that paleo is a meat-heavy, super low-carb, super high-fat diet that is very meat-centric, and that’s just not the case. I obviously recommend eating ancestally, and that means eating a variety of plant and animal foods that our great, great, great grandmothers would recognize. Wild seafood, pastured eggs, organic/grass-fed meats right along with a plethora of organic, preferably local and in-season veggies. It’s not hard. We really do over-complicate food. But it’s incredibly simple to eat well. Just eat real, whole, foods that your ancestors would actually recognize as food. Not Lean Pockets or 100 calorie snack packs. I’m talking meat, veggies, eggs, nuts, fruit, etc. REAL FOOD. Real food is the best food. And it’s the food that…

Natural Cold and Flu Remedies For Babies

Everyone is freaking out about the flu this year. Don’t get me wrong – it’s bad. On a recent trip to Children’s when my son had a cold (he needed to be suctioned, not a big deal) they told us to cover him and leave as quickly as possible. There were so many kids and babies being admitted for the flu. Which is exactly why I’m going to share the natural cold and flu remedies for babies I always have on hand. When my son came home from the hospital last year, I bought a ton of natural remedies and medicine for him, just in case he needed them. I didn’t want to be up at 11pm with a sick baby, scrambling for cough syrup or something to boost his immune system. I’m a planner by nature. This year, I’ve upped my game. I am not playing. As always, consult…

Green Beans with Garlic and Tomatoes

Growing up, my grandmother always made green beans. Granted, they were from a can, but they were SO good. She added butter and sautéed onions and they were a cheap, delicious side dish. A common meal would have been ground beef and spices or roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and a side of green beans. For not having any idea about health or nutrition, this was a pretty healthy meal. We’ve complicated healthy eating so much over the years. Vegan, paleo, low-carb, vegetarian, pescetarian, etc. But our grandmothers (or great grandmothers at this point) knew something we didn’t: real, whole food is best. They didn’t worry about labeling the way they ate. They just ate. My grandmother grew up with a garden in her urban backyard Pennsylvania rowhouse. Her parents went to the local farmer for their meat. They ate what they grew and bought locally (and organically – before…